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J.K. Rowling was hot off the Harry Potter series when she wrote a mystery novel about a private investigator under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, was published under the pen name proving once and for all Rowling is a talented writer regardless of her previous best-seller status. Now, much like the beloved Potter franchise, the novel is getting a big budget adaptation and it looks to be about as far as you can get from the magic of Hogwarts.
The Cuckoo’s Calling has been adapted into a three-part miniseries for the BBC written by Ben Richards and directed by Michael Keillor. The show and the novel follows an eccentric private eye named Cormoran Strike – a man who is “wounded both physically and psychologically,” giving him “unique insight” in solving three complex cases that have eluded the police. Tom Burke stars as Strike, and Holliday Grainger plays Strike’s assistant, Robin.
The novel was spectacular; a tight, twisty mystery that was packed with interesting, complex and damaged characters. The trailer feels like it nailed the tone of the novel and certainly seems to have mastered the Britishness of it all. If Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling (the official title) performs well for the BBC there are two additional novels in the Strike series that could be adapted for TV – The Silkworm and Career of Evil. Check out the trailer below and judge for yourself.
Here’s the synopsis for the novel The Cuckoo’s Calling: “After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.”
Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling premieres in the U.K. on BBC One on August 27, 2017. The series will be aired in the U.S. on HBO or Cinemax on an unknown date.